Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What's in a Name?

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. ~ William Shakespeare

I've been thinking a lot about baby names.  We are expecting a little grandson in May!  I don't officially get to "choose" the name but I can (nicely) suggest a few.

I have my favorites but just for kicks I looked online at what names were "favorite" this past year.  It seems that old fashioned names are in - Emma, Charlotte, Amelia  and Noah, Elijah, Jacob to name a few.

I went with Biblical names for my children.  Sadly, we only have 4 children and I didn't get to use some of my favorite names.  I have always loved Esther and Susanna.  For boys names, Samuel and Jonathan are very nice.

I am told that in the South often the baby's middle name is the grandfather's first name (or grandmother's if that is the case). Isn't that interesting?

What are some of your favorite baby names?

10 comments:

  1. In England there is a return to some of the very old fashioned names, such as Arthur, George, Emily etc. Of course there is a following for the two Royal childrens' names, George and Charlotte!

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    1. Elizabeth, I don't think I've ever met an Arthur before. I wonder if it will catch on here?

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  2. Hi~

    Another coincidence dear friend! Just last night I was discussing names with a friend at church! My daughters are, Amber and Jessica, neither one names after anyone. My son, Christopher Paul, is named after my husband, who's middle name is Paul.

    I love old fashioned names as well. We have an Emily, a Nathan, Clara, Christian and Hannah, all old names. But we also have a Taylor, Averi, Brody and Tanner, a little more modern. When one of my granddaughters was born her mother wanted to name her, Grace. After and day or two, she decided she wasn't a Grace at all and changed her name to Averi!

    Good luck!

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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    1. Barb, lovely names! My third daughter's middle name is Grace. I think it suits her.

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  3. We use family names in our family...another southern tradition I guess. I love the name Eli and if Landon had been a girl, he would have been Reese Lorelei which I loved. Reese is a family name and Lorelei for Amelia's favorite tv show, Gilmore Girls. I like William for a boy and Liam as a shortened version. Cant wait to see what your new little one is named.

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    1. Sweet names, Arlene! I do like the name William and all the nicknames that come with it. I am thinking they may go with Samuel but they aren't telling!

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  4. that's funny that you say that is a southern thing, I was brought up in Michigan and my middle name is my Grandmothers first name :) I don't know that I have any favorite names, at this point I will be blessed if my daughter even decides to have a baby

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    1. Connie, I'm told it's a southern thing but maybe it's both midwestern too. Beats me! :-)

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  5. Two of my children have their grandparents names for middle names, as do 5 out of the 6 of my grandchildren. It used to be quite common in New Zealand but I'm not sure about these days, trends change. The third has her own names.

    Diana

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    1. Diana, I like the trend! I wish I'd known about it when I named my children.

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